Disease-free survival and local recurrence after laparoscopic-assisted resection or open resection for rectal cancer. The Australasian Laparoscopic Cancer of the Rectum Randomized Clinical Trial. Ann Surg 2019; 269: 596-602.

Published: 18th July 2019

Authors: Stevenson ARL, Solomon M, Brown CSB, Lumley JW, Hewett P, Clouston A et al.


After a minimum of two years, this study that included 450 patients showed local recurrence rates of 5.4 per cent after laparoscopic and 3.1 per cent after open surgery; disease-free survival 80 versus 82 per cent, respectively, and overall survival 94 versus 93 per cent. All outcomes are similar so far.

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